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Camille Pissarro had a unique and lifelong interest in the human figure. From his earliest years in the Caribbean and Venezuela until his death in Paris in 1903, Pissarro drew, painted, and made prints featuring human subjects from every walk of life, which outnumber the figural works of his colleagues Monet and Sisley. Pissarro’s People celebrates the painter’s humanism in all its aspects and brings together nearly 100 works of art, including some 37 paintings and numerous works on paper made over the course of his entire career. Highlights include portraits of the artist’s friends and family as well as notable genre scenes set in the fields and marketplaces of rural France. Pissarro’s paintings of townspeople, peasants, and farm workers stress their individuality rather than their mythic qualities, which so preoccupied Millet, his predecessor in the agricultural figural tradition. The cast of characters Pissarro represented reflects his unique engagement in contemporary political, social, and economic issues. The exhibition reconsiders Pissarro’s people within this rich contextual setting.


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Exhibition Highlights

The Harvest, 1882
Jeanne Pissarro, Called Cocotte, Reading, 1899
Portrait of Paul Cézanne
Young Peasant Woman Drinking Her Café au Lait, 1881
Apple Harvest, 1888
The Little Country Maid, 1882
Jeanne Pissarro, Called Minette, Sitting in the Garden, Pontoise, ca. 1872
In the Garden at Pontoise: A Young Woman Washing Dishes, 1882
The Marketplace, 1882
Minette, ca. 1872
Portrait of the Artist’s Son, Lucien, 1874
Washerwoman, Study, 1880

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Pissarro’s People was organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. It is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The Grand Patron is Jeannik Méquet Littlefield. Education Sponsors are Denise Littlefield Sobel, Wells Fargo, and the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. Sponsors are Nan and Ransom Cook, Raj and Helen Desai, and Charles and Ann Johnson. The catalogue is published with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment for Publications.

Grand Patron

Jeannik Méquet Littlefield

Education Sponsors

S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
Denise Littlefield Sobel
Wells Fargo


Dr. N. L. Ascher
Nan and Ransom Cook
Charles and Ann Johnson

Nationa Endowment for the Arts Wells Fargo

The catalogue is published with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment for Publications.